By Thomas H. Cook
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Piccolini cleared his throat and shifted slightly in his seat. From the earliest days of their association together Reardon had noticed that Piccolini was seldom unnerved by seeing the results of a crime or by the brutal details of investigating it, but that he did not like to describe a crime to others. Rendering it into language removed it from that remote spot it occupied in his mind. It was only in describing a crime that Piccolini seemed compelled by its reality. “Somebody killed them,” Piccolini said.
Piccolini squinted through a puff of smoke. ” “I don’t know,” Reardon said. ” “One of the deer died instantly,” Reardon added dryly. Piccolini leaned forward in his chair. “Reardon, I told you this is an important case. This may be the biggest thing in the city right now. ” “So you have a great record with the department. ” Reardon shrugged. ” “The Lamprey case was memory,” Piccolini said, “remembering details from way back. ” Reardon did not know where this was supposed to be leading. Rehashing old cases had never appealed to him.
David Lowery was last seen alive by a few of his playmates in an alley off East 83rd Street,” Reardon began. He handed Darrow the folder. “Three hours later his body was found stuffed in the trunk of an abandoned car on 122nd Street. ” Darrow’s face hardened. ” “Six years old. He was a small child for his age. ” “Jesus Christ,” Darrow said. “The car had been sitting on 122nd Street for a few days,” Reardon said. “The owner is a grocery store manager up in Yonkers. He reported the car stolen quite some time ago.